The Temperance Movement, O2 Academy, Bristol.

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The Temperance Movement’s ‘A Deeper Cut Tour’ arrived in Bristol.

Joining them on tour this time is American band Thomas Wynn and the Believers.

The Temperance Movement for those not aware are a Blues Rock band fronted by the enigmatic Phil Campbell, and guitarist’s  Paul Sayer and Matt Lee alongside Nick Fyffe on Bass and Simon Lea on drums.

Thomas Wynn and the believer’s are a six piece band haling from Orlando, Florida, bring their own blues rock sound to the show, I had previously heard some of their material recently and was looking forward to them, and I wasn’t disappointed. Thomas and the believers [of course] bring their s own blend of southern blues rock. The believers consist of Sister Olivia on backing vocals and friends from the Orlando music scene that came together to help Wynn take things further.

Highlight of their set for me was Wade Waist Deep in the Water, the title track of their recent album.

Headliners The Temperance Movement came on stage to their intro music, with front man Phil Campbell leaping and dancing around enthusiastically, As that died down they launch straight into Caught in the middle, a recent song from the new album and a great way to start the set. Campbell is a great front man engaging with the audience, at one pint he joked, ”I don’t know what the next one is, whether it’s a new one or not?”.

As is expected the majority of songs are from the new album ‘ A Deeper Cut’, and there are some great songs that appear to be well known already. Ending the set is the title track, which was probably the only time Campbell was not gracing us with his dance moves, throwing his arms as he does. For this song he is playing an acoustic guitar, even with a guitar strapped around he was still playing up to guitarist Paul Sayer.

From Tonight’s set I loved the high energy of Caught in The Middle, which it has to be said is a great opener. Other songs that caught me were, Aint No Telling and Only Friend, both songs from the 2012 album, The Temperance Movement.

Campbell played to the audience a little more than he needed to, they were with him, enjoying the show and from the audience it was clear that many people must have the album as the new songs were recognized just as much as the older material. Recently the band has gone through a couple of line up changes, a new drummer and a new guitarist, tonight though they played a stonking set, that went down a storm

For the encore; A Rhodes piano appeared and was used for Backwater Zoo, before the band ripped into Midnight Black.

As I left I couldn’t help but reflect, two great rock n’roll bands on the bill tonight, both getting credible comments from the Bristol crowd, While The Temperance Movement were tonight’s headliners, Thomas Wynn had also made new fans and an impact. For me it was my first time seeing The Temperance Movement, but it wont be the last. You can catch them out on tour here in the UK up until March 9th, don’t miss out and I can guarantee you wont be disappointed.

Always loved music live, enjoy all genre's. Adding photography into the mix has been more recent and enjoying combing the two together. Self confessed vinyl junkie, so if not down the front, often found searching through record shops.

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